Marcel Remillieux, second from left, takes the oath of allegiance with 17 others Saturday during the a naturalization ceremony held at Fuller Lodge. The ceremony was conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
‘Journey of a lifetime’

Marcel Remillieux waited 15 years for this moment, the moment went he would walk into Fuller Lodge as a citizen of France and come out as a citizen of the U.S.

On Saturday, he and 17 others lifted their right hands to take the Oath of Allegiance and were welcomed their new home during a naturalization ceremony at Fuller Lodge.

Many had waited years for this event, not knowing if the contributions they’ve already made to America would be for nothing.

“It feels like the end of a 15-year journey, and the start of a new one,” Remillieux said. “I first came to the U.S. in 2003 as an exchange student, not expecting to stay here and become a citizen, so it’s been quite an impressive journey.”

Joining him was his wife, Stephanie, and their three children, 11-month-old Appoline, five-year-old Alex and three-year-old Charlotte. Remillieux is a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee and co-owner of the Fleur de Lys Bistro and Bakery.

After everyone took the Oath of Allegiance, families of the newly-minted citizens gathered to take pictures, give hugs and congratulate each other.

Also among the recent citizens were husband and wife Flaviano Prosperine and Elena Guardincerri.